Dan Curts of Ellsworth High was named Maine’s Gatorade boys’ track and field athlete of the year after winning all three distance events at the Class B state championships.
Curts won the 800-meter run with a time of 1:56.41, the 1,600 in a meet-record 4:09.88 and the 3,200 in 9:42.51 as he led Ellsworth to third place as a team. His winning time of 8:51.24 in the 3,200 meters at the Loucks Games in New York was an all-time Maine best and ranked as the nation’s fifth-best performance among high school competitors this season.
Curts accepted a scholarship to attend Iowa State.
TWILIGHT LEAGUE: Andrew Richards held Lenders Network (0-4) to three hits, pitching Aero Heating & Ventilating (2-2) to a 5-0 victory in South Portland.
NECBL: Zach Lauricella singled home a run during a three-run sixth inning and singled home two more in the eighth to lead the Keene Swamp Bats (4-7) to a 5-3 victory over the Sanford Mainers (4-6) in Sanford.
Drake Parker singled home Kendall Patrick and Dan Hetzel scored on an error, for a 2-0 Sanford lead in the fourth. Michael Rescigno scored the Mainers’ final run on an error in the ninth.
FBCL: Aaron Wilson and Graham McIntire hit RBI singles and Mekae Hyde lofted a sacrifice fly as the host Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide (4-9) built a 3-0 first-inning lead against the Seacoast Mavericks (5-9) en route to a 7-2 victory.
Paul McDonough had three hits for the Raging Tide, including a two-run homer.
COLLEGE WORLD SERIES: Nathan Thornhill and John Curtiss combined for Texas’ second straight shutout, and the Longhorns forced a second bracket final against Vanderbilt with a 4-0 victory in Omaha, Nebraska.
The Longhorns (46-20) and Commodores (48-20) will meet again Saturday, with the winner advancing to the best-of-three finals against Virginia or Mississippi, which had their game suspended in the second inning because of rain.
PGA: Scott Langley took the second-round lead at the Travelers in Cromwell, Connecticut, following his opening 64 with a 65 to reach 11-under 129.
Michael Putnam, Harris English and K.J. Choi were a stroke back.
EUROPEAN TOUR: Mikko Ilonen opened a two-stroke lead in the Irish Open in Cork, while Rory McIlroy missed the cut by a shot.
Ilonen had a 3-under 68 to reach 10 under. He opened with a course-record 64.
Robert Rock and France’s Romain Wattel were tied for second at 8 under.
CHAMPIONS TOUR: Tom Lehman finished with a bogey-free 7-under 65 to take the first-round lead in the Encompass Championship in Glenview, Illinois.
TOPSHELF OPEN: Third-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain emerged victorious from a marathon day on the grass courts at Den Bosch, Netherlands, advancing to the final with a 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (4) win over Juergen Melzer of Austria.
AEGON INTERNATIONAL: Top-seeded Richard Gasquet of France and defending champion Feliciano Lopez of Spain advanced to the final in Eastbourne, England.
In the women’s tournament, American Madison Keys defeated Britain’s Heather Watson 6-3, 6-1 to make her first WTA final.
– From staff and news services